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New Zealand opens first 'kiwi hospital' for injured birds


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New Zealand on Friday opened its first hospital exclusively treating kiwi birds, and vets have already nursed the first patient back to health—a chick nicknamed "Splash" that tumbled into a swimming pool.

Rising numbers of the once-threatened national bird have led to the construction of a purpose-built facility in Kerikeri, a three-hour drive north of Auckland.

The Department of Conservation told AFP the new kiwi hospital is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The rehabilitation center, built by local conservation group Kiwi Coast, is in the heart of the Northland region, which has a brown kiwi population of nearly 10,000.

https://phys.org/news/2024-02-zealand-kiwi-hospital-birds.html

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